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Struggling Ryan Nassib Gets Some Support from New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin

July 26th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Although we won't go as far as to use the word "horrible" to describe quarterback Ryan Nassib's performance thus far in training camp, we certainly wouldn't use the word 'good" either. At best, he's been inconsistent, making impressive throws that show you why the Giants have stuck with him, only to make a series of bad throws or decisions which leaves you scratching your head.

On Friday, it was no different for Nassib, who made an amazing throw on the run, drawing praise from offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Unfortunately, that was almost immediately followed up by missing an open Jerrel Jernigan and having the ball sail into the arms of cornerback Charles James II.

"[Sometimes] it's there, sometimes it isn’t. That’s just kind of the way it is," head coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. "He’s had a lot thrown at him. He’s studied; he studied all spring. He does a tremendous job. He did that over the course of the summer. He was in here in the summer in our weight room. He’s learning. He’s progressing."

Despite the obvious inconsistencies, Coughlin has decided to give Nassib a bit longer of a leash than you might expect for a quarterback … or any other play for that matter. But, at least for the time being, Coughlin is focusing on the positives he's seen from Nassib and chalking the rest up to the defense being ahead of where the offense is at this point.

"The defense makes a play, the offense makes a play. It kind of goes back and forth and that’s to be expected, really," Coughlin added. "Like you said over here, the defense normally at this point makes a few more plays."

To be fair to Nassib, both Eli Manning and Curtis Painter have struggled at times throughout the offseason workout program and now training camp, but then again, the spotlight is not on either of them. The same cannot be said for Nassib, who needs to show some significant improvement throughout the preseason in order for the Giants to justify keeping him. And if he can't, General Manager Jerry Reese had better prepared for what's to come after spending 2013 fourth-round pick on the Syracuse product.


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11 Responses to “Struggling Ryan Nassib Gets Some Support from New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin”

  1.  kujo says:


    A genuine playmaker is too injured to practice in the first week of training camp = He’s lazy and indeed of a good tonguelashing.

    A second year player who has been consistent, in that he has consistently looked like dogsh*t every single practice since he was draft = He’s “progressing.”

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Football 101 according to Tom Coughlin.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Frankly as good as a coach as Coughlin is at times, this BS routine of his has gotten very old and very annoying. How many good players to we have to watch get demoralized under TC’s watch. I am fairly convinced Nassib stinks at this point, that is why he dropped so far in the draft, but we CANNOT afford to have ODB get Wilsoned.

  2.  skinnydoogan says:

    How about cutting Painter and Nassib and bringing in Orton? At least we know he can run an offense.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Hard to figure this out. I get that they really need to carry just two QBs and so want to keep encouraging Nassib. But it just seems TC is intolerant of injuries. He must have learned at the knee of Parcells, who insisted tough guys play through injury.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Tom Coughlin Syracuse/ BC bias. David Wilson doesn’t have a chance against Andre Williams. Adrien Robinson should be thankful we don’t have any TE’s from Cuse or BC.

    Glad Herzlich is still on our roster. That guys a real hard worker.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    This is where John Mara needs to talk Coughlin off the roof. Reese can’t do it.

    He may be a very good coach but the way he is handling ODB is just wrong.

  6.  Nosh.0 says:

    So you guys readily acknowledge that Tom Coughlin has a very real doghouse that young guys can get stuck in. You also acknowledge that talented players get put in said “doghouse”. Yet everyone assumes without having ever seen him play that Adrien Robinson just isn’t good.

    So basically the consensus is that TC has a doghouse where young players can and will rot away. But in the case of Adrien Robinson it’s purely based on talent.

    I think the reality is that Adrien Robinson is not only in the TC doghouse, but the G101 doghouse as well.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Maybe your right Nosh, I am one of the guilty parties who just refuse to give him a chance based solely on frustration. I will hold myself until camp is over to pass judgement on him.

  7.  BBWC says:

    It’s way way way too early to come to any conclusion on Nassib just yet. You could say this is his rookie season because he barely played last year.

    For one, Quarterback is an extremely difficult position to learn in the pro’s. It’s a brand new system and the second system Nassib had to learn in two years. I personally expected Nassib to look like $hit, especially when comparing him to Manning or even Painter this early on in camp. Nassib simply doesn’t have near the experience of the other two. The Giants are doing the right thing keeping him in there and standing by him. It’s going to take some time and the Giants know this. So chill out Nassib haters……

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Just got caught up. I’m happy that some like F55 see my point about not keeping a FB. I just double checked here and GB did only carry Kuhn as a FB last year. If another FB was used it was a TE. Just like how we used Pascoe we could use one of the other TEs on the roster as a true FB when needed. From all that I have read about practice and recall from watching GB 2 backs are rarely used. It’s basically a short yardage only package. But not keeping a FB does depend on Cox. I think Cox will be worth keeping but that remains to be seen. I liked what I saw from Cox in the preseason last year but he struggled to translate it into his regular season play.

    Keeping 2 FBs doesn’t make sense. There are a number of reasons why but the simplest to understand is that because not many teams use a FB, a quality one can be found on the street if needed. Maybe even the FB we cut. That’s why Conner was available last year.

    With Nassib people need to exercise some patience. Nassib is learning a new offense, yes it’s similar to his college offense but this is the NFL. With Nassib getting such minimal reps last year I see him as closer to a rookie than a 2nd year player.

    I really like our top 3 RBs. Jennings is to me in some ways like Brown because he’s an all around RB except he’s a little better overall and durable. Wilson is another player some have written off too fast. Even I have put him into a box too much. If he has learned pass blocking Wilson is also an allround RB and can be much more than just a chance of pace. Williams as I have said for months is a bigger Bradshaw. He runs with that same type of fiery. Also from the reports his skill as a receiver are similar, he can catch the ball but not a natural. Long term his skills are almost a perfect balance with Wilson’s.

    Definitely let ODB get healthy. I never thought he was a given to start even if healthy. Rookie WRs just don’t start from day 1 and with us it’s even less likely.

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